This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind this summer. So, what is making your air conditioner leak and what can you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner works it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This creates condensation inside your air conditioner that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your unit into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem.
If you do see ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit off and turn your blower from “auto” to “on”. This will slowly allow the ice to melt in a way that your drain will be able to handle.
Turn Off Your System
If you see water around your indoor unit, it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your system is to turn it off your system. Water may harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner.
If there is any water or ice around your system, it’s best to call and get the problem checked out. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our pros will know how to take care of it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t arranged your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that scheduled before things start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment by calling us at (832) 957-9332.